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Suspected impaired driver flees after vehicle hits building in Port Colborne

Driver treated for minor injuries
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On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at approximately 1:29 a.m., uniform officers from the 6 District – Port Colborne office of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the area of Main Street West and Elm Street in the city of Port Colborne.

Officers had received information that following the collision two persons were seen running from the scene.

Upon arrival, officers observed a fluorescent yellow/green 2003 Dodge Dakota with significant damage. The Dodge is believed to have hit a store sign, a mail box and a building on Neff Street.

A NRPS K9 Unit track ensued from the scene. At approximately 1:56 a.m., the male driver was observed by officers exiting a back yard on King Street north of George Street.

The driver was subsequently arrested for impaired driving.

Due to an injury that occurred during the collision the driver was assessed by Niagara Emergency Medical Services paramedics. The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment of what is believed to be minor injuries.

Kristopher David Boland (46 years old) of Fort Erie has been charged with the alleged Criminal Code of Canada offences of:
    •    Fail to stop after accident, contrary to Section 320.16(1)
    •    Impaired operation/alcohol, contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a)
    •    Failure or refusal to comply with demand, contrary Section to 320.15(1)

Boland has been issued an administrative driver's licence suspension (ADLS). The ADLS, which is issued to everyone charged with similar driving offences. The ADLS prohibits him from operating a motor vehicle for 90 days from date it was issued.

Boland was released on a Form 10 Undertaking with a future court date of April 8, 2020, at the Welland Courthouse at 102 East Main St.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may know the identity of the second person is asked to contact the NRPS at 905-688-4111, ext. 3200.